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ERIC Number: ED366481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The Sharing Circle of Wisdom: A Group for Elderly Aboriginals.
Carlson-Hoggan, Donovan; And Others
Personal interviews with clients of the Calgary Indian Friendship Center and two other similar centers established a need for a program to enhance the social functioning of elderly aboriginals in Calgary. The needs focused on lack of transportation, inaccessible or inadequate medical care, isolation, elder abuse, and inadequate housing. The consensus of those interviewed was that a weekly group would be ideal. Suggestions for activities included crafts, informal discussions, bingos, sewing, round dances, and story-telling. The sample intervention project describes a weekly group running from noon to three o'clock on Fridays with a flexible schedule and an open attendance policy. The general format includes socialization during lunch, a sweetgrass ceremony and prayer, group discussion, announcements, the primary activity, and another sweetgrass ceremony and closing prayer. Leadership includes a paid staff member (to be phased out gradually) and a pool of volunteers. Expenses include staffing costs, rent, materials, transportation, refreshments, advertising, office supplies, and phone and fax. This report contains: (1) sample letters of introduction to the program; (2) facility requirements; (3) sample activities with goals, materials, and possible problems and solutions; (4) program evaluation methods; and (5) a troubleshooting chart. Appendices contain a story for storytelling, a list of resource persons, and a list of sources of volunteers. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta (Calgary)